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Wristband policy remains in effect

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SCMPD's Julian Miller SCMPD's Julian Miller
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Those planning on going downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day should understand that that were new rules this year.

Those who plan to drink outside at City Market will need a wristband. They are sold at tents in the area called the festival control zone. Wristbands are required within the festival zone if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages.

The zone is shaped like a shoe and encompasses River, Bay and Broughton streets. It also includes Ellis and Franklin Squares.

The wristbands cost $5 or $6.25 if you're paying with a credit card. The money goes primarily to Savannah's Waterfront Association and covers the cost of entertainment. So far, the city has sold an estimated 75,000 wristbands. That's roughly the same number as last year.  

Police are cracking down to enforce the wristband policy.

 "If they see you drinking and you don't have a wristband, first they're going to ask you to buy a wristband. If you don't want to buy a wristband, they're going to ask you to pour it out. If you don't want to do that, we're going to have a problem," said Julian Miller, of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.

There are also no bikes or skateboards permitted inside the festival zone. The only animals permitted in the zone are service animals. Police ask that anyone with service animal come to the St. Julian Street Command Center to register the animal with police and get a sticker.

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